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Legal news from Sunday, December 3, 2006
by Caitlin Price

The defense team for Saddam Hussein Sunday formally appealed his death sentence for crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982. The November 5 condemnation to death by hanging was automatically appealable to a nine-judge Appeals Chamber set up under the statute of the Iraqi High Tribunal. Article 27 …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The government of Turkey has officially condemned an Argentinean bill that refers to the mass killings of Armenians [BBC Q/A] in Turkey around the time of World War I as genocide and establishes a day of annual commemoration on April 24. Turkey has asked the Argentine government to block the draft law which last …

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by Michael Sung

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has postponed until further notice the war crimes trial of Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj, who has been on a hunger strike since November 11, saying in a ruling Friday that he will likely be too weak to participate in his defense. …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet suffered a heart attack Sunday, but is in stable yet serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery. The development represents another setback to recent attempts by Chilean authorities to bring the ex-dictator to justice for dozens of human rights violations he is accused of committing during his military …

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by Michael Sung

A spokesman for Iran's Guardian Council said Saturday that it has approved a bill passed by Iran's Majlis two weeks ago instituting mandatory fingerprinting of all visiting US citizens. The bill is intended to "reciprocate behavior of American officials towards Iranian citizens," he told reporters. The US-VISIT program [official …

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by Leslie Schulman

Rep. Jane Harman, ranking Democrat on the US House Intelligence Committee and initially a supporter of the Patriot Act and President Bush's domestic surveillance program, told a gathering of the American Bar Association Friday that "the program continues in violation of the law." While in January she called the program …

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